Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Richmond Public Library is to provide access to informational, educational, cultural and recreational library materials and services in a variety of formats and technologies; to respond to the public library needs of the community; and to uphold the public’s freedom of access to information.

Roles of the Richmond Public Library

Values of the Richmond Public Library

Lifelong Learning

The Library encourages lifelong learning and is a place for personal development and discovery which enriches and empowers every citizen in our community.

Resource Centre

The Library provides free and easy access to information in print, audio, video, electronic and computer formats; equipment and facilities for public use; and well trained and knowledgeable staff to meet the informational needs of the public.

Building Community

The Library provides leadership and serves as a source of information for citizens and community organizations, and is an avenue for local organizations to reach the broader community.

Gathering Place

The Library is a warm and welcoming place for patrons and community groups and
their activities.

Promoting the Enjoyment of Reading

The Library features a wide variety of materials, both recent and classic, which facilitates the enjoyment of reading for all ages.

The Library Board and Staff are committed to:

  • providing free, equal, and uncensored access to sources of knowledge, information, programs, and services that are responsive to the needs of the community;
  • reaching out directly to serve the community in homes, schools, businesses and institutions;
  • serving those members of our community with special needs by providing specialized materials, equipment, and services;
  • recognizing and managing change in a positive way and using technology to maximum advantage;
  • extending information services beyond the Library’s walls through the use of digital media and telecommunications technology;
  • providing ongoing training and development of our staff and trustees as they are our most valuable resource;
  • working together co-operatively by valuing diversity and acknowledging each other with trust and respect.